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Hopi silversmith Jonah Hill shares art with Canyon visitors at Watchtower
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Jonah Hill is an artist with many talents. He recently demonstrated one of those, metalsmithing, at Desert View Watchtower in Grand Canyon National Park.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Tradition continues with 21st Xanterra employee Olympics
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Once again the competition, excitement and fun of the Xanterra South Rim Property Olympics presided as employees gathered for the 21st consecutive year July 16.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Capturing electricity: photographing lightning at Grand Canyon
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Lightning is a giant spark of electricity in the atmosphere and is created in the space between clouds, air or the ground. Every year in the U.S. lightning strikes the ground approximately 25 million times.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Sixtieth anniversary of 1956 TWA-United Airlines accident remembered
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - On June 30, family, friends, National Park Service (NPS) employees, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and members of the Grand Canyon Historical Society (GCHS) gathered to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the tragic plane crash over the Grand Canyon, in which 128 people lost their lives in what was
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Job with a view: Grand Canyon National Park gets new airplane
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Grand Canyon's helicopter program is one of the busiest in the National Park Service (NPS) but there are some things an airplane can do that don't require a helicopter, like 15 minute passenger transports over the Canyon or law enforcement patrol flights - just to name a few.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Rotary on the Rim wraps up successful year
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - ClayAnn Cook presided over her last meeting as president as Rotary on the Rim turned over a new year of leadership during its June 29 meeting. New officers were welcomed and annual awards were presented at the meeting.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Arizona faces blood shortages, local donors needed July 8
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - One hour. That's all the time it takes to donate a pint of blood.

The United Blood Services (UBS) is hosting a blood drive July 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grand Canyon Recreation Center.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Part 3 of 3: What a revised recovery plan could mean for Mexican Gray Wolves
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - In February there were 97 Mexican Gray Wolves in the wild and around 25 in Mexico, making it one of the most endangered mammals in North America.

Earthjustice, a nonprofit environmental law organization and other environmental groups say the 34-year-old document does not provide the necessary science-based guidance to move the Mexican Gray Wolf toward recovery.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Chinook flight crews locked and loaded for fire season
SEDONA, Ariz. - When wildfires break out in the U.S. there is a myriad of teams and agencies that are called in to help extinguish the flames. One of these is a contracted crew from from Sacramento, California.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

View from the top: exploring the mental high of Grand Canyon
GRAND CANYON - NORTH RIM, Ariz. - In 1973, Texas photographer Robert Langham was a fit and healthy 20-year-old on his way to an Ansel Adams workshop in Yosemite. Along the way he stopped at the Grand Canyon and decided to hike it. A few hours later he had made it to Indian Garden and turned around - dragging himself the last few steps out of the Canyon.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The quest for truth: new book asks if Noah's flood explains the Grand Canyon
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - In the U.S., 40 percent of the population believe the Earth was created over a period of six to 10,000 years. The other 60 percent of the population believe the Earth is billions of years old, according to research completed for the new book, 'The Grand Canyon: Monument to an Ancient Earth.'
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Grand Canyon in race with 19 National Park projects for 2 million in preservation funding
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - On May 25 a national contest to award $2 million in historic preservation funds launched. The iconic Desert View Watchtower at Grand Canyon National Park was one of 20 competing projects for the contest.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Fighting fire with fire: Grand Canyon Helitack crews respond to southwest fires
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - With fire season lighting up acres across the Southwest the Grand Canyon Fire and Aviation crew will spend the rest of fire season trekking across the U.S. to help put out wildfires.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Native plants get sustainable start at Canyon
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - With the construction of a new greenhouse facility at Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP), the Vegetation Program has reached a milestone and helped the National Park Service (NPS) take one more step toward sustainability.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

North Rim Artists in Resident take Canyon art to New York City
GRAND CANYON, NORTH RIM - The Grand Canyon Artist in Residence (AIR) programs, once offered on both the North and South Rims of Grand Canyon National Park, are considered one of the most prestigious residency programs in the nation.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

National Park Service: new study shows extent of light pollution across night skies
WASHINGTON - National parks offer some of our nation's best views of the cosmos.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Postal Service releases NPS centennial stamps
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. -The National Park Service received a stamp of approval from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to publicly launch the 16 National Park Forever stamps commemorating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS) June 2.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Parade and live music on tap for town of Tusayan Fourth of July celebration
TUSAYAN, Ariz. - Hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn, cotton candy, parade and live music by local musicians and America's Got Talent singer-songwriter Michael Grimm are just a few things the 38th annual July fourth celebrations in Tusayan will offer.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Commercial development moves forward in Tusayan
TUSAYAN, Ariz. - On June 1, the town of Tusayan and Stilo Development Group U.S.A. reached an agreement that allows both entities to move forward with commercial development and town housing without having to get Forest Service approval for immediate access to their properties.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

From Africa to Arizona: building park service relationships
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Phoenix is hotter than Africa.

While that may not surprise those living or visiting the Valley of the Sun, it took Joseph Mayombo from Gabon, Africa by surprise.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016


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